|Publication number||US7019395 B2|
|Application number||US 10/802,720|
|Publication date||Mar 28, 2006|
|Filing date||Mar 18, 2004|
|Priority date||Mar 26, 2003|
|Also published as||CN1332441C, CN1542954A, DE102004014911A1, DE102004014911B4, US20050073042|
|Publication number||10802720, 802720, US 7019395 B2, US 7019395B2, US-B2-7019395, US7019395 B2, US7019395B2|
|Inventors||Naohiko Hirano, Takanori Teshima|
|Original Assignee||Denso Corporation|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (6), Referenced by (40), Classifications (22), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application is based on and incorporates herein by reference Japanese Patent Application No. 2003-84435 filed on Mar. 26, 2003.
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to a double-sided cooling type semiconductor module.
2. Background of the Invention
A semiconductor power element used in an inverter circuit for driving an automobile motor is available as a power element package integrated with a mold resin, where a power element is sandwiched between heat sinks of radiating members. The power element includes an IGBT (Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor) as a typical power element. The power element of the IGBT is sandwiched between the heat sinks while an emitter or collector of the power element is connected using solder with the heat sink directly or via a spacer. Here, the heat sink functions as a path of large electric current.
The above power element package is provided in practical use as a semiconductor module including a cooler linked with the power element package via a thin insulating member. For instance, JP-A-2001-352023 (U.S. Pat. No. 6,542,365) discloses a structure where a pair of cooling tubes as coolers formed of aluminum alloy sandwiches a power element package.
Here, a module formed by assembling a power element package and a cooler sometimes involves an insufficient degree of contact between heat sinks of the power element package and the cooler, unfavorably decreasing a cooling efficiency of the power element. This results from variations in a degree of parallel between both heat sinks, flatness of the cooler, or thickness of an inserted insulating member.
An accuracy of dimensions of the components or an accuracy of assembling can be enhanced to a level of ±0.1 mm; however, a level of ±0.01 mm being small by a factor of 10 is remarkably difficult to be attained. Therefore, a method other than increasing the accuracy of dimensions or assembling is preferably required.
In detail, the above referred patent document discloses a method for enhancing the degree of contact between the heat sink and the cooler. In this method, a thinly processed soft metal member is inserted in addition to an insulating member between the heat sink and the cooler to compensate an irregularity of the contact surfaces. However, further enhancing method is required to strongly and securely cool the power element having a high power output.
It is an object of the present invention to provide a double-sided cooling type semiconductor module having a structure where a semiconductor chip is properly cooled.
To achieve the above object, a double-sided cooling type semiconductor module having a semiconductor device radiating heat from upper and lower surfaces thereof is provided with the following. A first and second coolers, each of which includes a coolant, are provided for sandwiching the semiconductor device. A sandwiching mechanism is provided for causing the two coolers to tightly sandwich the semiconductor device. At least one of the two coolers includes a transformable member. The transformable member includes a first surface facing the coolant and a second surface facing the semiconductor device. The transformable member is transformable to be flexed in a coolant direction or a semiconductor device direction.
This structure can compensate slight dimensional variations from design dimensions such as dimensional tolerances of a practical semiconductor device or cooler, leading to decrease of heat resistance.
The above and other objects, features, and advantages of the present invention will become more apparent from the following detailed description made with reference to the accompanying drawings. In the drawings:
The present invention is directed to a double-sided cooling type semiconductor module. Referring to
A relative positional relationship of the semiconductor package 1 is fixed with the fixed type cooler 2, but variable with the transformable type cooler 3. Fastening adjustment screws 201, 202 of the sandwiching mechanism 20 enables a pressing frame 203 to approach a cooler body 32 of the transformable type cooler 3. Therefore, the semiconductor package 1 is pressed via the fixed type cooler 2 while the transformable member 31 is slightly transformed. This enhances a degree of contact between the semiconductor package 1 and transformable member 31 via the insulating member 17.
The semiconductor package 1 includes a semiconductor chip 10 and radiating members (heat sinks) 12, 14 that sandwich the semiconductor chip 10, all of which are integrated with a mold resin member 16. For instance, this semiconductor package 1 constitutes a part of a three-phase inverter circuit for a brushless motor. The semiconductor chip 10 includes, e.g., an IGBT (Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor) or a power MOSFET. The IGBT connected with inductive load such as a motor is parallelly connected with a reversed free wheel diode (not shown in
The semiconductor chip 10 of a thin plate shape has an exposed gate and an exposed emitter (or source) on a surface of its own, and has a collector (or drain) in an opposite surface. The semiconductor chip 10 is electrically connected with the heat sinks 12, 14, directly or via a spacer 13, respectively, e.g., using solder connection members. The emitter and collector of the semiconductor chip 10 are thereby electrically connected with the heat sinks 12, 14, respectively. In addition, the semiconductor chip 10 includes an exposed gate on the surface where the emitter is exposed. The gate is further electrically connected with a lead terminal (not shown) for control signals, which outwardly protrudes from the mold resin member 16.
Each of the heat sinks 12, 14 of a flat shape or plate shape has a heat accepting surface facing the semiconductor chip 10 and an opposite radiating surface, both of which are adjusted to be substantially plane. The heat sinks 12, 14 are assembled to be substantially parallel with each other. Each of the heat sinks 12, 14 is favorably formed of a pure metal selected from a group of Cu, W, Mo, and Al or an alloy that is mainly composed of the metals selected from the group from the view point of thermal and electrical conductivity.
Further, the mold resin member 16 is formed to cover or coat the peripheral sides of the semiconductor chip 10 and filling the space formed by the heat sinks 12, 14. The mold resin member 16 is formed of, e.g., an epoxy resin. The heat sinks 12, 14 are, respectively, integrated with lead terminals 120, 140 for large electric current, the lead terminals which outwardly protrude from the mold resin member 16 (e.g., refer to
The fixed type cooler 2 is a coolant tube of a flat shape that is formed by shaping easily-shaped metal such as alumina and alumina alloy. The fixed type cooler 2 includes at least one coolant path 2 a through which a coolant such as water is circulated via a circulating cooling device (not shown). The fixed type cooler 2 further includes a plane heat accepting surface 2 p and a plane pressed surface 2 q that is opposite to the heat accepting surface 2 p via the coolant path 2 a. The heat accepting surface 2 p outwardly faces the semiconductor module 1 via the insulating member 18, while the pressed surface 2 q is in contact with a pressing frame 203.
The transformable type cooler 3 includes a cooler body 32 forming a coolant chamber 3 a and a transformable member 31 whose periphery is fixed to the cooler body 32. Through the coolant chamber 3 a of the transformable type cooler 3, a coolant such as water is circulated similarly with that of the fixed type cooler 2. The transformable member 31 has a first surface facing the coolant and sealing the coolant chamber 3 a, and an opposite second surface facing the semiconductor package 1 via the insulating member 17. The dimension of the surfaces (heat accepting surfaces) of the transformable member 31 is designed to be much larger than that of radiating surfaces (upper and lower surfaces) of the semiconductor package 1.
The transformable member 31 can be formed of one or multiple layers of metal thin plates. The transformable member 31 is preferable provided with high corrosion resistance and adequate flexibility. In detail, it can be formed of material such as copper, copper alloy, alumina, alumna alloy, or stainless steel.
In this first embodiment, the cooler body 32 can be formed of a metal laminate that is formed by piling up metal thin plates using material (copper, copper alloy, alumina, alumna alloy, or stainless steel) equal to or different from that of the transformable member. This enables preferable heat conductivity. In detail, as shown in
As shown in
Fastening the adjusting screws 201, 202 causes the pressing frame 203 to approach the cooler body 32 of the transformable type cooler 3. Simultaneously, the convex portions 211 press the pressed surface 2 q of the fixed type cooler 2. The semiconductor package 1 is thereby pressed via the fixed type cooler 2, so that the transformable member 31 of the metal thin plate is very slightly transformed to cause elastic or plastic transformation. This compensates inevitable misalignment from the designed dimension regarding degrees of parallel of the heat sinks 12, 14, flatness of the fixed type cooler 2, or thickness of the inserted insulating members 17, 18. Gaps are thereby not easily produced while heat resistance can be decreased. The pressing presser or force with which the pressing frame 203 provides the fixed type cooler 2 is varied according to a fastening amount of the adjusting screws 201, 202. Within an allowable limit, a variation amount of the transformable member 31 can be adjustable.
The dimensional tolerance of the semiconductor device or cooler is approximately ±100 μm. To compensate this dimensional tolerance, the variation amount of the transformable member can be limited to a slight amount. Further, the transformable member 31 formed of a metal thin plate can restrict an aged variation (decrease) of the pressing pressure.
Further, as a body integrated with or separated from the transformable member 31, a metal spacer 34 can be disposed as shown in
A double-sided cooling type semiconductor module 101 of a second embodiment is shown in
As shown in
The first transformable member 43 has a surface facing coolant and an opposite surface being a heat accepting surface. The second transformable member 44 faces the first transformable member 43 via a coolant chamber 40 a while including a support member 42 that protrudes toward the first transformable member 43 within the coolant chamber 40 a. The support member 42 can be a metal block disposed on a surface of the second transformable member 44 that faces the coolant; otherwise, it can be a metal laminate constituted by a metal thin plate 410 (shown in
As shown in
The base member 46 includes a screw hole where the adjusting screw 47 is fastened; the adjusting screw 47 is movable to approach or depart from the second transformable member 44. Namely, fastening the adjusting screw 47 causes the top of it to be in contact with the second transformable member 44. Furthermore, increase of the fastening amount of the screw 47 causes the support member 42 to approach the first transformable member 43. The support member 42 thereby presses or supports the first transformable member 43 from an inside of the coolant chamber 40 a. Thus, the semiconductor package 1 is sandwiched between the two coolers 2, 40. A slight transformation of the first transformable member 43 can absorb the dimensional tolerance of the components to decrease the gaps between the components, suppressing the heat resistance.
Further, according to a fastening amount of the adjusting screw 47 pressing the support member 42, a movable amount of the support member 42 toward the first transformable member 43 is varied; then, according to the movable amount of the support member 42 pressing the first transformable member 43, a variation amount of the first transformable member 43 toward the semiconductor package 1 is varied. Therefore, slightly adjusting the adjusting screw 47 can prevent forcible pressure or lack of pressing pressure on the semiconductor package 1. This can thereby prevent damage of the semiconductor package 1 due to forcible pressure. Further, after the semiconductor package 1 is set between the coolers 2, 40, the sandwiching mechanism 48 can then tightly sandwich the semiconductor package 1, enhancing the easiness of assembling the semiconductor module 101.
Here, the pressing frame 203 and adjusting screws 201, 202 function also as a fixing mechanism that fixes the relative positional relationship between the cooler body 41 of the transformable type cooler 40 a and the fixed type cooler 2. However, as explained in the first embodiment, the adjusting screws 201, 202 can be manipulated to be fastened so that the semiconductor package 1 can be tightly sandwiched through both the upper and lower surfaces.
Furthermore, as shown in
A double-sided cooling type semiconductor module 102 of a third embodiment is shown in
The linking member 61 is a metal member integrated with or separated from the fixed type cooler 60. The fixed type cooler 60 of a flat shape includes one or multiple cooling paths 60 a. The linking member 61 is connected to be fixed at its one end to the base member 46 and at the other end to a portion of the fixed type cooler 60, the portion which containing no cooling path 60 a. The base member 46 is fixed to the cooler body 41 of the transformable type cooler 40. As a result, as shown in
Further, as shown in
A double-sided cooling type semiconductor module 103 of a fourth embodiment is shown in
The cooler 80 includes a cooler body 81, transformable members 76, 78, 84 whose peripheries are fixed to the cooler body 81, and sandwiching mechanisms 72, 75 disposed on the upper and lower locations of the cooler 80. Here, the transformable member 76, 78, 84 are used as covers for a coolant chamber 80 a. The transformable members 76, 78, 84 are formed of metal thin plates similarly with those of the foregoing embodiments. Here, the transformable member 84 absorbing heat from the semiconductor package 1 is previously shaped to have a U-shaped cross section. The coolant chamber 80 a is thereby formed to wrap around the semiconductor package 1 and to fluidly communicate from the upper location of the semiconductor package 1 to the lower location. Namely, the cooler 80 is approximately symmetric with respect to the semiconductor package 1 in the upper and lower locations of the semiconductor package 1.
The semiconductor package 1 is disposed within the transformable member 84 absorbing the heat via insulating members 17, 18 and spacers 34, 35. The sandwiching mechanisms 72, 75 include base members 70, 73 and adjusting screws 71, 74, respectively. Control of fastening amounts of the adjusting screws 71, 74 results in control of movable amounts of support members 77, 79, leading to control of variation amounts of the transformable members 76, 78, 84. Thus, the semiconductor package 1 is supported within the U-shaped space.
In the above embodiments, the sandwiching mechanism can use a pressure of a coolant that is circulated through the coolers.
The above embodiments can be combined mutually to be effective. Further, explanation for one embodiment can be also used for another embodiment.
It will be obvious to those skilled in the art that various changes may be made in the above-described embodiments of the present invention. However, the scope of the present invention should be determined by the following claims.
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|U.S. Classification||257/717, 361/699, 257/712, 257/E23.098, 257/720, 257/718, 257/719, 257/714, 257/707, 257/E23.094|
|International Classification||H01L23/433, H01L23/473, H01L23/34, H01L23/40|
|Cooperative Classification||H01L2924/1305, H01L2924/13055, H01L2924/13091, H01L2224/32245, H01L23/4338, H01L23/473|
|European Classification||H01L23/433P, H01L23/473|
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